Kamala Elizabeth

Kamala Elizabeth Nayar

RN (Vanier College), BA (McGill), PhD (McGill)
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Kamala Elizabeth Nayar was born in Montreal, Quebec of parents of South Asian and American origin. Although she has spent most of her life in Canada, Nayar has also resided in India for extensive periods of time. She received her R.N. license in 1988 and worked as a health care service provider in Montreal and Greater Vancouver until 2004.

Nayar was awarded, with First Class Honours, a B.A. degree in Religious Studies in Fall 1991 at McGill University. She received a Ph.D. in South Asian religions from McGill University in June 1999. Upon graduation, she was granted a two-year post-doctoral fellowship by the Quebec Research Council, which she utilized while affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Victoria. She has been teaching at KPU since 2001.  Nayar has been awarded many research grants and held the KPU Chancellor's Research Chair from 2011 to -2014.

Areas of Interest

South Asian Religions, Hinduism, Sikhism

South Asian Diaspora, Punjabis in Canada, Intercultural relations

Gender in South Asian film and society

Scholarly Work